European Parliament launches procedure for sanctions against Poland

Source : 112 Ukraine

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09:26, 30 January 2018

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On Tuesday, January 29, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs approved the launch of a procedure for imposing sanctions against Poland because of judicial reform in that country. This was reported by the Polish PAP agency.

"In this resolution, the European Parliament Committee welcomes the decision of the European Commission on December 20, 2017 to ensure the implementation of the provisions of Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union in connection with the situation in Poland and supports the appeal of the Commission to the Polish authorities to solve the problem," the message said.

The agency reports that the resolution was prepared in connection with the fact that, according to Brussels, Poland "clearly threatens European values."

It is noted that 33 members of the committee voted for the resolution, 9 were against it.

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As it was reported earlier the European Union will decide on opening legal cases against three eastern members for failing to take in asylum-seekers to relieve states on the front lines of the bloc's migration crisis, according to sources. 

This would mark a sharp escalation of the internal EU disputes over migration. Such letters are the first step in the so-called infringement procedures the Commission can open against EU states for failing to meet their legal obligations. 

The eastern allies Poland and Hungary have vowed not to budge. Their staunch opposition to accepting asylum-seekers, and criticism of Brussels for trying to enforce the scheme, are popular among their nationalist-minded, eurosceptic voters.

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